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2012 Toyota Highlander Consumer Reviews

Base Sport Utility

2012 Toyota Highlander Consumer Rating

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2012 Toyota Highlander Base Sport Utility

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Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this


  • Smooth Ride
  • Comfortable
  • Removable seating
  • Lots of Features


  • Handles Poorly
  • Lacks Power
  • Unrefined Interior
  • Limited Storage Space

The 2012 Highlander is a decent family crossover with 3rd row seating. The 2nd row seats can slide forward and back to the comfort of your passengers. I find the front seating to be comfortable on long drives. When the 2nd row seating is moved all the way back there is hardly any room for passengers in the 3rd row. The 2nd row of seats can be removed completely and the 3rd row folds down if you need the room for transporting large items. Overall the interior quality seems cheap. Many interior parts seem like they may break with heavy use. My standard model didn't come with a camera like the more expensive models either. This can be a problem at times when driving in reverse. The 187 horsepower 4 cylinder automatic is often quite inadequate with a full load of passengers and driving up hills. It's rated at an ok 20 mpg city and 25 mpg on the highway, but I find myself pushing on the gas pedal more just to keep up with traffic. I would recommend purchasing the V-6 engine instead; the 187 horses in the 4 cylinder is just too sluggish. The breaks are another problem I've had with the Highlander. The breaking system is very touchy and can jerk your passengers in your seat if you aren't paying attention. It took me a long time to get used to the touchiness of the breaks. Overall though this can be an ok crossover for those of us with families. Just make sure to take a good long test drive before deciding on your purchase.

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